Edmonds hydro finishes second in first heat of Detroit race

Edmond-based Miss Peters and May in the famous roostertail turn on the Detroit River. (Photo by Austin Mahoney)
Edmond-based Miss Peters and May in the famous roostertail turn on the Detroit River Saturday. (Photo by Austin Mahoney)

Driver Tom Thompson earned a second-place finish in the Edmonds-based Miss Peters and May during the Spirit of Detroit unlimited hydroplane race Saturday afternoon in Detroit. Thompson started in Lane 2, which gave the inside advantage to Brian Perkins in the Al Deeby Dodge boat. Jesse Robertson in the Graham Trucking II challenged our local boat for the entire race but fell back a little more each lap. Fourth-place went to Mike Webster in is Roostertail U-22.

In other heats, Jimmy King won his preliminary after all the other boats in the heat jumped the gun and were given one-lap penalties. This allowed King to take his Miss Home Street Bank to an easy victory. Jean Theoret was again the fastest qualifier for the race in his Miss Elam Plus but was lured over the starting line early by Scott Liddycoat driving the Miss 811 Dig. Also lured over was Cal Phipps in the Dalton Industries hydro.

In the first heat of the day Jimmy Shane drove his Oberto to victory over J. Michael Kelly in the Graham Trucking I. Kevin Eacrett piloted the Miss Carstar to third place in the heat followed by Ron Warren with the Miss DiJulio.

The Spirit of Detroit is a two-day race with testing and qualifying in one set of preliminary heats on Saturday, and then two more sets of preliminary heats in a winner-take-all-final Sunday. The three heats Saturday were all packed together for one exciting hour of racing.

Follow all the action Sunday in My Edmonds News.

— By Harry Gatjens

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